Joint Venture Announcement Opens a New Chapter of the International Waterpark Industry

Celebrating a Historic Milestone

  • A Partnership of Visionary Industry Leaders: WhiteWater and Vana Nava Company Limited
  • A new integrated services company dedicated to offering unmatched customer experience
  • WhiteWater West Southeast Asia Co., Ltd. will redefine the global Waterpark and Attractions industries
  • Waterpark industry veteran Chris Perry will head up this joint venture

At a Signing Ceremony which took place at the IAAPA Asia Attractions Show in Shanghai, China, on Thursday, June 16, Canada’s WhiteWater West Industries Ltd. (WWI) and Thailand’s Vana Nava Company Limited celebrated a historic milestone in the Waterpark Industry with the formation of a new Joint Venture Company, WhiteWater West Southeast Asia Co Ltd. (WW SEA).

Sean Hinton, President, Waterpark and Attractions Division for WWI, stated: “This is an incredible collaboration that will drive significant change in this industry.”

WhiteWater West South East Asia Co. Ltd partner company, WhiteWater West Industries Ltd, is internationally renowned in the industry, credited for the attraction design and slide manufacturing for over 5,000 waterpark projects around the world in over 35 years of business. Winning an astounding number of industry design and innovation awards, WhiteWater’s accolades and accomplishments also include winning Canada’s Most Prestigious Business Award, “Canada’s Best Managed Company”, for 2 consecutive years. With a major focus on quality and safety, WhiteWater West Industries Ltd. is the undisputed leader in water and interactive attractions worldwide.

“This new venture represents another chapter in our mission to stay at the forefront of innovation, and provide the industry with not only top quality products, but also a turnkey solution, professional expertise and a suite of services geared toward the success of our Client’s business initiatives,“ says Paul Chutter, Chief Business Development Officer of WWI.

Vana Nava Company Limited is one of the latest additions to Thailand’s Proud Real Estate’s (PRE) portfolio. As a visionary developer that aims to ‘Transcend the Expected’, PRE launched Vana Nava Hua Hin, ‘Asia’s first Water Jungle’ in December 2014, winning the 2015 World Waterpark Association’s Leading Edge Award, and the Top 10 Attractions People’s Choice Awards Thailand Voted by Chinese Tourists two years running. Vana Nava Hua Hin is part of a larger mixed use leisure development that will also consist of a 300-room Holiday Inn Resort and 90 premium residences. With a number of luxury hotels, retail and leisure facilities and premium residential developments in its portfolio, including the USD 500m Park24 residential development in the prestigious EmDistrict of Bangkok and the award-winning InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, PRE is uniquely experienced and poised to become one of Thailand’s leading mixed use leisure developers.

Ms. Proudputh Liptapanlop, Executive Director of Vana Nava Company Limited and parent company Proud Real Estate, says, “We aim to create dynamic mixed use leisure destinations and unique family entertainment projects that will both delight and enrich the lives of people of all ages, and contribute to local communities across ASEAN.”

A first ever Joint Venture of its kind in the international waterpark industry, WhiteWater West Southeast Asia offers a fully integrated approach to the design, building and operation of future water parks across the Region.

Ms. Liptapanlop adds, “With Southeast Asia’s major growth in the Tourism and Leisure sectors, a rapidly expanding mid to upper middle class market, and an increased level of well-travelled, discerning consumers, WhiteWater West Southeast Asia will address the Region’s demand for exceptional leisure experiences with international quality and global safety standards.”

Waterpark industry veteran, Chris Perry, has been appointed CEO of the newly formed WhiteWater West Southeast Asia Co., Ltd. (WW SEA).  As the CEO of WW SEA, Perry will take on responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the group, developing the brand and expanding its footprint throughout Southeast Asia.  Chris Perry was the Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships with WhiteWater West Industries Ltd. and previous to that, spent 17 years in Dubai, most of those as General Manager of Wild Wadi Waterpark.

Chris Perry commented, “I am excited to be leading WhiteWater West Southeast Asia Co., Ltd. as its CEO.  I am impressed by the growth in the region and am looking forward to developing and operating truly world-class venues in the region. We have tremendous partners in Proud Real Estate and WhiteWater West Industries Ltd. and I am excited about the future!”

Dawn Kirby